Oh merciless heavens! Peggington Noonanshire MCMLXVII, our the veritable erudite PRINCESS OF WORDSMITHERY, was captured on a dastardly “hot microphone” giving voice to such uncouth sayingisms as “bullshit,” about Caribou Barbie Sarah Palin! How dare she traipse about in those sullied word-knickers! [TPM]

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  1. Gimmicky? No, picking a 20 month gov of a state that borders BOTH (!) Canada and the USSR is a gimmick!

    I think not.

    Palin is the hero of every vagina American I know.

  2. Here’s what Peggy had to say at the end of her WSJ column today:
    Final point. Palin’s friends should be less immediately worried about what the Obama campaign will do to her than what the McCain campaign will do. This is a woman who’s tough enough to work her way up and through, and to say yes to a historic opportunity, but she will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics. She will be mobbed up in the McCain campaign by people who care first about McCain and second about themselves. (Or, let’s be honest, often themselves first and then McCain.) Palin will never be higher than number three in their daily considerations. They won’t have enough interest in protecting her, advancing her, helping her play to her strengths, helping her kick away from danger. And – there is no nice way to say this, even though at this point I shouldn’t worry about nice – some of them are that worst sort of aide, dim and insensitive past or present lobbyists with high self-confidence. She’ll be a thing to them; they’ll see the smile and the chignon and the glasses and think she’s Truvi from Steel Magnolias. They’ll run right over her, not because they’re strong but because they’re stupid. The McCain campaign better get straight on this. He should step in, knock heads, scare his own people and get Palin the help and high-level staff all but the most seasoned vice presidential candidates require.


  3. I thought it was the only the ‘angry left’ & evil bloggers that thought ridiculous thoughts like this. How’s Walnuts going to spin this (since Murphy was his campaign manager in 2000, back when he still had a soul)? Peggy must have finally deflated her Reagan blow up doll & decided to leave the 80s.

  4. [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: I for one, Jim, like the upgrades. It’s all pink and pretty and I’m feeling rather girlish these days. But mostly because the title of the movie reflects the current state of the McCain campaign…

  5. [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: If you guys do this for the new Frank Miller movie I will be your best friend forever.

    Oh yeah, the Noonan v. Palin jello wrestling match will begin after Palin’s big speech.

  6. Okay, I’m confused — if that’s her real opinion, why doesn’t she offer it on the record instead of just making up some Republican rah-rah BS? The Wall Street Journal would certainly afford a great mind like hers a — oh — ha, ha — nevermind.

  7. So goes the GOP omerta on yup-yup.

    Wonkette, this pink shit looks like Sparkle Motion OD’d on cherry Nerds candy and Shirley Temples and sprayed diarrhea all over my monitor. This isn’t change we can believe in.

  8. [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: Oy! My legs are sore and my hemorrhoids are burning. And why don’t my parents call me more often? And tomorrow’s my birthday and nobody is giving me any presents………

  9. Murphy: “It’s not gonna work!”
    Noonan: “It’s over.”

    I do love that. And is it Kay Bailey Hutchinson they’re talking about being “all bummed out” this morning? Whoa. So many gems in there.

  10. Haha Peggy, welcome to our little backwater third-world shithole here at the head of the Mississippi, where dorky techs who can’t make it in New York leave mics live all the time because all people ever do off camera is exchange hot dish recipies and who cares anyway.

  11. [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: Your quote from Peggy “Points of Light” Noonan: “Palin’s friends should be less immediately worried about what the Obama campaign will do to her than what the McCain campaign will do… [S]he will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics.”

    Peggy, what’s got into ya?

  12. I’m all for ads if they keep the site going. But . . . wouldn’t it be more effective if there were a click-through? I’m just too damned lazy to type in a url. And to give our eyes a chance to relax a bit, maybe throw up an ad for “Humboldt County” every once in a while?

  13. Wait. Do you mean to tell me that a Republican pundit said one thing completely different than what they said before? They never do that.

  14. Hang on here, I need a reality check.
    Ms. Noonan is considered a conservative columnist, and yet she’s criticizing the Mav’s campaign.
    I didn’t think this could happen.
    You mean there are actually real live columnists out there with some integrity?

  15. I think by “It’s over” she’s alluding to Christ’s words at John 19:30, “It is finished,” from the Greek tetelestai, which suggests the completion of a great work.

    And that great work is John McCain face raping the GOP.

  16. That “it’s over” comment is more encouraging than Obama’s pagan orgy speech from last week.

    I mean, hope and inspiration and a grassroots movement is well and good, but I’d rather win this the easy, old fashioned way: make your enemies desperate and force them to fuck up massively. Seems like that that’s what might be happening.

  17. [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: I’m thinking PN is pissed about the selection and would have preferred Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Supposedly, Sen KBH is (or might be) pro choice, and therefore unacceptable. What is going on there? Yglesias describes these grim scenes; our editors seem to be seeing the same.

  18. [re=81350]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: No, Noonan’s column was more like: choosing Palin is either going to be the biggest fuckup of all time or the most brilliant move of all time; I can’t say which.

  19. Greater than Larry Craig. Better than a whole wing of Paultard blimps. Greater than PUMAs. Even better than the Washingtonienne. I love Sarah Palin (not for her MILF/GILFiness either.)

  20. [re=81384]Vanity Smurf[/re]: Oh that would be awesome. As likely as Bill O’Reilly admitting he’s a sexist douche on live TV, but awesome all the same.

  21. Look for McCain to swing into the convention tomorrow on a vine, wearing a navy blue “COLLEGE” sweatshirt and a pink garterbelt-clad Palin hanging from his arm, then stagger up to the mic and proclaim “Over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

    That’s about all that can save his candidacy now…


    Umm, Peggz says here VPILF is the greatest thing since christian rock

    [question: the coverage of the RNC I get in the UK has some hard rock band playing during the audience sequencies between speeches – I haven’t figured out if that is for real or some jokez the BBC is playing on the americans – please tell me this is true and a way they are trying to win over bitterz]

  23. Serious question- How does this stuff get out? Is there an MSNBC tech somewhere leaking this, or does it go out over the sat feed and get intercepted there?

    In any event, this is a faaaascinating peek behind the curtains. Who knew Chuckie was such a gossip girl?

  24. I applaud these two for the “come to Jeebus” moment, but they still didn’t have the sack to say this on the air. And after she doesn’t explode into a ball of flame tonight on stage, the media is going to crow about how well she stepped up to the plate.

    Until they uncover something else. And at this rate, they will.

    And let’s get a little wonky for sec: She’s a slow pitch to the fundies. But that wasn’t where McCain needed to pick up votes. He needs the Indies, Bitters, and middle of the road women–and she’s not going to help him there. She’s too extreme. The campaign is going to have to put her in front of a microphone sooner or later, and she had better have some good answers.

    And then there’s all the stuff NO ONE is talking about: Bob Barr is in double-digits in some states. Ron Paul will not be pushing his robots towards McCain. Bush could re-open the Vietnam War, send WALNUTS over there in a fighter jet, get shot down again, stay a POW until the first debate, and he still wouldn’t win!

  25. A huge split seems to be opening up in the upper parts of the Republican party. The discussion here is just one example. Another is from Meg Whitman, McCain’s national campaign co-chair. TPM has her saying the press vetting is not sexist. Steve Schmidt says it is. Joe Klein has a column “Angry Amateurs”. What kind of bounce does this stuff produce?

  26. Chris Matthews is on fire on Hardball, in re: GOP hypocrisy in all of them saying how great Palin, despite never having mentioned her at all, EVER, prior to this week.

    Hair report: must have gotten better gel; seems to be staying put so far.

  27. [re=81442]mr.november[/re]: Peggy Noonan gives good hot mic!

    Anyway: Panem et circenses. It’s not very “Mavericky” of McCain to go the tried-and-true Rovian tabloid route, but it’s sure getting people to finally pay attention to his weak-ass campaign. I wonder what’s going to be seen as the definitive moment it all started to backfire? Peggy Noonan calling “bullshit!” is definitely in the running!


  28. McCain campaign is already putting out statement DENYING National Enquirer story about Palin affair. Sarah, call John Edwards, he’d like to cry with you.

  29. Was she calling bullshit about the Palin pick? Or the way Palin is being trotted out to the MSM? Palin herself or the narrative of “traditional wife and mother?”

  30. Jim Newell- It wouldn’t be so bad if you’d take the time to give the non-pink areas a little padding so the text doesn’t run to the edge. The whole thing looks really slipshod.
    And Jesus, are complaints only welcome around here if they’re directed at politicians?

    Wed Sep 03 2008 18:19:21 ET

    “The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor’s daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”

  32. I think I heard one of the dudes say that the Palin pick is “unfair to Hutchinson.” As in my very own resident state Kleenex user Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson?

  33. Addendum to hard-on: Is this Chris Matthews slam dunk somewhere on youtube or the internets? I stopped getting TV months ago when Rachel Ray went all islam on me and fox news kept talking about the whitey video but failed to actually deliver.

  34. First, I like the pink. I think it is pretty. Second, apparently I am such a girl and should go have babies and be vice president since my first reaction to pink wonkette was “Oh! Pink!” Third, hearing Murphy and Noonan say McCain fucked this up brings me more joy and comfort than you can possibly imagine.

  35. This thread is probably too old, but PN has issued a lengthy disclaimer saying that her “It’s over” meant that the days are over when “party leaders” can assume that “whatever the base of the Republican party thinks is what America thinks”

    I don’t think she’s one to lie, but I don’t find this explanation very convincing.

    She also says that she meant that “the idea of The Narrative” “The story the campaign wishes to tell about itself” is bullshit.

    I think the clip speaks for itself, really…

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